The battle is not over

The battle against tuition fee rises and for fair and equal access to education for all is not over.

The announcements over the last few days and weeks from ¾ of UK universities setting their tuition fees at £9,000 a year clearly shows that the students were right all along. As the amount of money the government will have to loan out grows by the day, it is quickly becoming clear that the Coalition’s policy has backfired.

We, the undersigned, warn the government not to try to atone for grave errors in policy planning by cutting University places. Young people are already paying the price for the 80% cuts to teaching budgets and tuition fee rises and we promise to fight these austerity measures. However, to cut student numbers would build even more barriers to the fair and equal provision of education in this country and it would be yet another foolish measure from a Coalition government in a time of recession. We will not stand by and let this happen.

We, the undersigned, acknowledge that what happens in Parliament can be undone on the streets. The poll tax protests show us that when we fight unjust legislation, we can win.

The student protests of 2010 began a wave of opposition to austerity measures and the privatisation of public services. For this we can be proud, but the real fight has only just begun. The recent NUS National Conference has shown that the fight against education cuts, tuition fees and the withdrawal of Education Maintenance Allowance is far from over. Education is a right, not a privilege, and we will fight for truly equal access and free education for all.

Mark Bergfeld, NUS NEC
Clare Solomon, ULU President

Cameron Tait, Sussex University Students’ Union President
Kanjay Sesay, NUS Black Students’ Officer
Vicki Baars & Alan Bailey, NUS LGBT Officers
James Haywood, Goldsmiths College SU President-elect
Sean Rillo Raczka, Chair of Birkbeck SU
Nathan Bolton, Campaigns Officer Essex Students’ Union

About educationactivistnetwork
The education activist network provides national coordination for trade unionists, academics, university workers and student campaigners fighting to defend jobs and education in the UK.

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